Articles from the October 25, 2013 edition

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 By Jacob Kamaras    News    October 25, 2013

Bush tells Conference of Presidents that Iran can't be trusted, praises Israel

Former U.S. President George W. Bush made a surprise appearance at the 50th anniversary tribute gala of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in New York, saying Iran... Full story


Joshua Nash named new chairman of Birthright Israel Foundation

NEW YORK—Birthright Israel Foundation has elected Joshua Nash, a leader in the New York Jewish and philanthropic community and member of its board of directors, as the next board chairman s... Full story

 By Amy Schwartz    News    October 25, 2013

From coach to JCC sports director

The Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando is pleased to announce the appointment of Royal Webster as its new sports director. Webster, 51, succeeds the Roth JCC’s Eli Bercovici who retired this summer after 31 years as sports director. F... Full story


Nigerian Christian president visits Israel

(—Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will lead more than 30,000 Christian pilgrims on an upcoming trip to Israel. While in Israel, President Jonathan, who is the first sitting Nigerian C... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 25, 2013

Yellen's rise to Fed chief gains more attention for gender than faith

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Janet Yellen is soft-spoken, tough, methodological, flexible—and Jewish. President Obama’s announcement last week that he had tapped Yellen, 67, to succeed Ben Bernanke as chair... Full story


Facebook acquires Israeli startup Onavo

( Facebook announced the acquisition of the Israeli mobile analytics startup, Onavo, as part of a larger plan to reduce the number of people without Internet access. Facebook will also turn... Full story


Bashar al-Assad says he should have won Nobel Peace Prize

( Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was quoted in the Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar as saying that he could “shut Israel up” with or without chemical weapons. Assad—whose country has seen more than 100,000 deaths in the Syrian civil war, inclu... Full story


Rising anti-Semitism causes European Jews to hide faith

(—A new survey shows that many European Jews hide their faith due to fear of anti-Semitism. The online poll by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights reveals that 27 percent of all respondents blamed rising anti-Semitism across t... Full story


A visit to our Partnership2Gether community, Kiryat Motzkin

I had been hearing about Kiryat Motzkin, our JFGO Partnership2Gether community in Israel, for many years. But this past September I had the opportunity to visit several of the organizations that our... Full story


Bloomer speaks on Kristallnacht at Holocaust Center

On Tuesday Nov. 5, Holocaust Center recourse teacher Mitch Bloomer will be speaking about the events of Kristallnacht. Kristallnacht, or “Night of Broken Glass,” was an incident where Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, sch... Full story


Mah Jongg tournament fundraiser

The Daytona Beach Chapter of Hadassah is hosting a Mah Jongg tournament with prizes awarded to the top winners. The fund-raising event will be held Thursday, Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with check-in at 10:30 a.m., at the Plantation Oaks... Full story


A trio of musicians perform for Horizon Bay residents

The Performing Arts of Maitland partnered with the Jewish Pavilion by bringing a trio of wonderful musicians to Horizon Bay on Boston Avenue. On Sunday, October 13, (l-r) Bob Bruce, Mike Rusnak, and... Full story

 By Gidi Mark    Opinions    October 25, 2013

One week's activities illustrate continuity of Jewish people

A decade ago, Jewish parents worried that their children wouldn’t marry Jewish or bar and bat mitzvah their own children. Today, however, we see a younger generation that is marrying within the faith and looking to raise their children Jewish, w... Full story


A singular voice

Life at the top can be lonely. If you became the “Decider”—the one who must make the difficult decisions—taking the best advice of trusted associates, there would come a time in any really important decision when it is on you and you alone. While D... Full story


Democracy, here and there

By Ira Sharkansky Somewhere in the American side of my brain is a memory of hearing that America is safe only when Congress is on vacation. The feeling may not be appropriate this week, when members of Congress are trying to do something along with... Full story


An Israeli soldier to American Jews: Wake up!

As a young Israeli who had just completed five years of service in the IDF, I looked forward to my new job educating people in the Pacific Northwest about Israel. I was shocked, however, by the anti-Israel bigotry and hostility I encountered, especia... Full story


There is a Choice

A response to David Bornstein’s “Community held hostage” In last week’s issue, Heritage Florida Jewish News published a column by David Bornstein in which he discussed the refinancing of the Maitland campus debt and used it as a proof of a malaise... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    October 25, 2013

Why Yair Lapid is wrong on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

I’ll confess that when I first read about Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s disagreement with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state, I felt a degree of sympathy. Not for the subst... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, October 25 - Friday, November 1

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Gre... Full story


A Mitzvah Marathon for 9/11 anniversary

This year for the 12th anniversary of 9/11 Chabad at UCF and the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority hosted a Mitzvah Marathon that took place at UCF in front of the student union on Wednesday, Sept.11. The... Full story



Barbara Helen Foerster Scott of Orlando, passed away on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at her residence. She was 84 years old. Mrs. Scott was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Edward C. and Madeline Owsley Foerster on April 16, 1929. The family... Full story



Seymour Corwin of Orlando, passed away on Monday, Oct.14, 2013, at Spring Hill at Hunter’s Creek. He was 94 years old. Mr. Corwin, one of three children, was born on June 22, 1919, in New York City, to the late Nathan and Rose Chordock Cohen. He g... Full story


6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Woody vs. Anti-Zionists HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (6NoBacon)—You can call Woody Allen a self-hating Jew all you want, but don’t make the mistake of thinking he’s not sensitive when others hate on his peopl... Full story


'Three Wise Guys' discuss human trafficking at interfaith forum

On Thursday, Oct. 17, the UCF Global Perspectives Office presented a discussion on how religions can help address human trafficking. The talk was led by The Three Wise Guys, comprised of Rabbi Steven Engel, the Rev. Bryan Fulwider and Imam Muhammad... Full story


Orlando Hadassah hosts Food Network challenge star

He has been on Food Network and on Home and Family, but now he will be here in person. The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah is pleased to announce that renowned chef and chocolate artist Paul Joachim will... Full story


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